The completion of the first-ever staff composed Poisoned Pen Booknews has resulted in sighs of relief all around, and also a renewed respect for Barbara, who writes one single-handedly every month. The link to it will be posted soon in an upcoming eNews. Until then here is a peek at some upcoming May titles.
Ken Kuhlken (signing his new title Biggest Liar in Los Angeles Sat, May 8 at 2 pm) is getting great reviews according to Publishers Weekly, "Kuhlken mixes historical and fictional characters with an ease that will remind many of Max Allan Collins' Nate Heller series.... He's equally adept at melding the murder inquiry with Hickey's struggles with his dysfunctional family."
Jon Talton's Deadline Man, now in stock, is also getting major accolades. Booklist gave the book a starred review: "A cabal of defense contractors with a diabolical plan to gain control of the govenment runs up against the power of the press in this nonstop thriller. When the respected business columnist of the Seattle Free Press-a man known for his ability to write under pressure and meet deadlines as he cranks out three columns a week-stumbles on a story about the local company Olympic International, people around him begin to die in murders framed to look like suicides or lovers' quarrels (but could be something much more ominous). People are not what they seem here, from the new female police reporter who works with the columnist (and who remains nameless throughout the journalist's first-person account), to the federal agents inquiring about a missing teenage girl, to the higher-ups at the newspaper, which is facing tough financial times. And throughout the four weeks during which the story takes place, the term "eleven/eleven" echoes ominously. Talton, author of The Pain Nurse (2009) and the David Mapstone series, combines a moving paean to the free press with a chillingly plausible thriller plot built around black ops. A knockout novel that leaves the reader with renewed appreciation for independent daily newspapers." While Publishers Weekly called this a book of, "Well-rounded characters and a lightning-paced plot."
Jon signs Deadline Man on May 20 at 7 pm
The critics love Laurie R. King's God of the Hive (now available), which King signs here on May 19)
"The great marvel of King's series is that she's managed to preserve the integrity of Holmes's character and yet somehow conjure up a woman astute, edgy, and compelling enough to be the partner of his mind as well as his heart." -Washington Post Book World
"King enriches the Sherlockian legacy."-Boston Globe
"The God of the Hive is mesmerizing-another wonderful novel etched by the hand of a master storyteller. No reader who opens this one will be disappointed." -Michael Connelly, author of The Scarecrow
The Signed Broadsheet of The Green Man, the original title for God of the Hive, is sold out but King will be bringing more copies to her May 19 event with debut author Steven Gore, author of First Mystery Pick Final Target (LJ Starred Review)